NEW DELHI: Now Indian students will be able to earn a dual degree conferred by Indian and foreign higher education institutions, separately and simultaneously. Students will also get the benefit of credit transfer and joint degrees offered under academic collaborations between Indian and foreign higher education institutions.
The UGC has finalised draft regulations for these programmes, which will be notified soon. As per regulations, higher education institutions of India can collaborate with foreign counterparts for credit recognition, transfer and twinning arrangement for offer of degrees.
Regulations won’t apply to online & distance-learning programmes
However, the regulations won’t be applicable to programmes offered in online and distance learning mode. According to the draft UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programmes) Regulations, 2021, “any degree or diploma awarded based on these collaborations “shall be equivalent to any corresponding degree or diploma awarded by the Indian higher education institution; there shall be no further requirement of seeking equivalence from any authority”.
Any Indian institution accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimum score of 3.01 or in the top 100 in University category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or an Institution of Eminence can collaborate with any foreign institution in top 500 of Times Higher Education or QS World University ranking automatically.
The partnerships would be allowed for four types of academic collaborations, which include credit recognition and transfer, joint degree programme, dual degree programme and twinning arrangement. Under the twinning arrangement, while a student enrolled in an Indian institution may undertake their programme of study partly in the foreign institution, the degree or diploma offered shall be awarded by the Indian higher education institution only.